A Mind for Mercy, TOS: S2E16 “The Gamesters of Triskelion”

We cannot become intelligent beings if we don’t value life. A simpleton lacks empathy, but sensitive, compassionate, and well-rounded people can see themselves in the other. An important step in maturity is the ability to recognize others have needs outside of ourselves. On a larger scale, a certain amount of moral growth prompted our ancestors … More A Mind for Mercy, TOS: S2E16 “The Gamesters of Triskelion”

Traditional Liberation, TOS: S2E1 “Amok Time”

When Spock experiences the pon farr, a period of intense physical and psychological stress preceding Vulcan mating, he must journey back to his planet to marry his fiancé or he will die. The accompanying ceremony is elaborate, culturally significant, and ancient. The ritual also allows Spock’s potential mate to challenge the offer and choose another husband. In this rare … More Traditional Liberation, TOS: S2E1 “Amok Time”

Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”

Spock’s wit and logic are put to the test in this harrowing life and death struggle during his first away team command.  The Enterprise is tasked with delivering precious medical supplies to the struggling planet Makus III, when they come upon a quasar phenomenon.  The quasar offered an amazing scientific opportunity, and Kirk couldn’t pass … More Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”